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Where Silence Meets Hope

Where Silence Meets Hope

“For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.” Ps 62:5 Are you a person who misses opportunities to respond to a comment? Or, a person who wishes they hadn’t opened their mouth? In my marriage, we are house divided. My wife continually wishes she would have spoken up. I, on the other hand, cannot seem to keep my mouth shut. Last week, I couldn’t resist posting what I thought was a simple snarky joke…

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Can Anything Good Come of This?

Can Anything Good Come of This?

“Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46 In 2015, Kmart brought back their once signature marketing tool, the blue-light special. Alasdair James, the president of Kmart at the time, promoted the move as a returning to the DNA of the store’s culture. He said, “We think there is a real positive buzz coming out of it and we expect to see an increase in sales.” The move…

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Disconnected from the World

Disconnected from the World

“The earth was a formless void, and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” Gen. 1:2 Not until running a camp does one fully appreciate how much a camp director’s job is risk management. There are physical risks to adventure activities and emotional risks to the interaction between counselors and campers. Even weather provides a constant challenge. Humid conditions can lead to heat stroke. Summer storms can turn…

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The Greatest Picture in the World

The Greatest Picture in the World

Praise him, sun and moon;     praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens,     and you waters above the heavens!  Ps. 148:3-4 The song Tribute is a ballad about an imaginary encounter with a demon. The demon challenges the band, Tenacious D, to play the best song in the world. The band members, Jack Black and Kyle Gass, accept the challenge and end up playing the greatest song in the world. However, as the song goes, they forgot the…

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A House Can Feel Lonely

A House Can Feel Lonely

“See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” 2 Sam. 7:2 Earlier this year, my sister-in-law sold her large house in a quiet family neighborhood and moved to an apartment in downtown Minneapolis. The first time I went to visit, she met me in the lobby. It was very bright, modern and hip. Moved by the contrast from her old place, I started to sing the theme song to…

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Foods of Poverty

Foods of Poverty

“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth…” Deut. 8:17 After Thanksgiving, my family will spend a Saturday in the kitchen making lefse. Lefse is a potato-based Norwegian tortilla. Many would consider this an offense to tortillas. Even for people who love eating it, lefse requires butter and sugar to give it an appealing flavor. Midwestern people of Norwegian heritage like to believe lefse is a universally loved food. It is…

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Winter Descends Upon My Yard

Winter Descends Upon My Yard

“So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” Ps. 90:12 Yesterday, I had the church staff over to my house for lunch. I wanted to thank them for the opportunity to work together. We could have gone to a restaurant or remained at the church. But, those kinds of places are too busy. It would be hard to leave work behind. My house is a woodland retreat in a busy world. As we sat in…

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A Day of Reckoning

A Day of Reckoning

“Be silent before the Sovereign Lord, for the day of the Lord is near.” Zephaniah 1:7 A few years ago, the National Football League announced they were considering playing football games on Sunday mornings. The rationale given was to make more games available to watch for a broader audience. If games on the East Coast started earlier, then games on the West Coast could start earlier and so on. However, the suggested move felt more like a threat and an…

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